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SIMPLE SUMMER SKIN
While a perfect skincare routine will work for you year-round, these are the important steps you should follow as the temperature rises.
Can you feel it? The days are getting longer, florals are in full bloom and soon, the temperature will rise bringing blue skies and sunshine. That’s right, summer is just around the corner. And while you prepare for faraway getaways, trade layers for linen and grill outdoors, it’s also important to work on transitioning your skincare routine.
While it should go without saying that SPF is vital during the summer months, there are some other less obvious swaps needed in order to keep your skin hydrated, protected and glowing. And because we take skincare very seriously, below we’ve come up with the ultimate summer skincare routine. Plus the products worth trying. Keep scrolling to unlock your best summer skin.
SPF, SPF, SPF.
Hopefully, you're already applying a daily moisturizer with SPF (and if you aren’t, start immediately), but it’s even more important in the summer with all the time spent in direct sunlight. As a general rule of thumb, sunscreen should be the last step to your skin-care routine and you should apply two fingers worth (use your index and pointer fingers) to your face and neck.
LA MER The SPF 50 UV Protecting Fluid
ELIZABETH ARDEN Prevage® City Smart Broad Spectrum SPF 50
DERMALOGICA Invisible Physical Defense SPF30
DR. DENNIS GROSS All Physical Dark Spot Sun Defence Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
SARAH CHAPMAN Skin Insurance SPF 30
SISLEY Phyto-Blanc Correcting Brightening Moisturizer Multi-Defense Shield SPF 50+ PA+++
CLEANSE TWICE DAILY
When the air is hot and humid, your skin can get extra oily that’s why it’s even more important to cleanse your face…twice. Start by using an oil-based cleanser to dissolve all of the makeup, dirt and pollution on the surface of your skin. Then, use a water-based foam, gel or balm cleanser that removes any lingering dirt and deep cleans your pores. The two-step cleanse ensures that you’ve removed a whole day’s worth of makeup, SPF, grime and dirt from your face.
DERMALOGICA Dermalogica UltraCalming Cleanser
BOBBI BROWN Extra Repair Cleansing Balm
DR. DENNIS GROSS Hyaluronic Marine™ Meltaway Cleanser
AUGUSTINUS BADER Cleansing Gel
EVE LOM Cleanser
CLINIQUE Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm
INVEST IN A GOOD VITAMIN C SERUM
Vitamin C is great year-round, but all the more important in the summer. It helps prevent hyperpigmentation, improves the appearance of fine lines, and can even help with collagen production. Layer a few drops on your skin between cleansing and moisturising. What’s more, vitamin C is also great for brightening meaning radiant skin.
SHOP VITAMIN C SERUM:
SKINGREDIENTS Skingredients Skin Protein Anti-Ageing Retinoid Serum Refillable Primary Pack 45ml
DR. BARBARA STURM The Good C Vitamin C Serum 30ML
PESTLE & MORTAR Vitamin C 2 Phase Serum 40ml
KIEHLS Powerful Strength Line-Reducing & Dark Circle-Diminishing Vitamin C Eye Serum
ESTEE LAUDER Intense Brightening Essence Ampoule with Vit C/E + Licorice
IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Dullness Vitamin C Serum
LIGHTEN UP YOUR MOISTURISER
If you're not wearing a heavy winter coat, why should your skin? Just how you swap knitted layers for light linens, your skincare routine should make lightweight switches. The heat and humidity of summer can cause your rich moisturiser to clog and weigh down the skin. Instead, swap out in favour of a lightweight option.
SHOP LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURISERS:
CHARLOTTE TILBURY Charlotte's Magic Cream Light
DR JART+ Dr.Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution™ Biome Water Cream
CLINIQUE Moisture Surge™ 100H Auto-Replenishing Hydrator
€34.00 - €94.00
DR. BARBARA STURM Face Cream Light 50ML
PETER THOMAS ROTH Water Drench® Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Hydrating Moisturizer
KIEHLS Calendula Serum-Infused Water Cream
€46.50 - €78.00
DON’T STOP USING RETINOL
It's no skincare secret that retinol is a superstar ingredient. But as the general rule for retinol is that you stay away from sunlight since retinol makes your skin more sensitive to UV rays, many of us fear using it in the summer months. The good news is that regardless of the season, retinol should always be applied at night so your routine doesn’t have to change.
111 SKIN The Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil
ELIZABETH ARDEN Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum
THE ORDINARY Retinol 1% in Squalane
KIEHLS Micro-Dose Anti-Aging Retinol Serum with Ceramides and Peptide
MURAD AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
SUNDAY RILEY A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum
€80.00 - €122.00
KEEP YOUR COOL
As the temperature increases and the humidity levels only get higher, a cooling face mist can serve as a respite. Packed with a whole host of powerhouse ingredients, these lightweight spritzes promise to top up and super-charge any skincare regime, making them the perfect desk-side companion or handbag hero.
SHOP FACE MISTS:
YVES SAINT LAURENT Dewy Mist
BOBBI BROWN Hydrating Face Tonic
DR. BARBARA STURM Hydrating Face Mist 50ML
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Matte
DERMALOGICA Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist
ORIGINS GinZing Energy-boosting Treatment Lotion Mist
ISLE OF PARADISE Day Dew Mist
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